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That opinion piece you provided was challenged in the comment section . Did you happen to read that far ? I am surprised you didn't offer up a peer reviewed reference but chose a opinion piece instead .Not very scientific methedoty of you . eta from the about of your reference
Not in Quantum Mechanics it doesn't. This is you yet again misconstruing the scientific usage of a word with the layman version.
That was kind of funny lol
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Isaac Jacob Kremsky · Postdoctoral researcher at Emory University Your assertion that the soul is "probably nonexistent" does not represent an objective statistical argument based on observation, but rather a subjective statement about what you believe to be true based on what you "know". An objective statement of likelyhood like that is really only meaningful in a controlled experiment, which the universe most certainly is not. So It is your belief, plain and simple. Given that we understand consciousness so poorly, I also think it is risky to so confidently assert it plays no role in the observer effect. If we define consciousness simply as being aware of your own existence, then by definition the universe is conscious (because we know something exists; also, non existance creates a contradiction, because by definition non-existence is that which does not exist). That self-awareness is an inherent part of the underlying wavefunction of the universe, and I think it would be a huge and possibly harmful mistake for us to brush that under the rug.
But the term observer/observation is used within the science of Quantum Mechanics . You are saying that there could be many or a few convoluted definitions but no one definitions we can all be on the same page with . That would explain the comment from a post doctorate to a science fictions writers definition of observer then . So yea you can chose to accept a fictitious definition because science has no clear definition as of yet . I guess I will think of a observer as something or someone observing as a definition so as not to be confused .
There isn't an experiment that defines what an observation is in Quantum Mechanics.
In quantum mechanics, "observation" is synonymous with quantum measurement and "observer" with a measurement apparatus and "observable" with what can be measured. Thus the quantum mechanical observer does not have to necessarily present or solve any problems over and above the issue of measurement in quantum mechanics. The quantum mechanical observer is also intimately tied to the issue of observer effect.
A number of new-age religious or philosophical interpretations of quantum mechanics, notably "consciousness causes collapse", give the observer a special role, or place constraints on who or what can be an observer. There is no credible peer-reviewed research that backs such claims. Such interpretations are also highly questionable in nature.
What I also didn't know is how well known this stuff is. A parallel reality can exist - a world and culture with social beings like you who have something you don'thave: knowledge. Sir Francis Bacon spoke very accurately when he described knowledge as power, even if he probably meant it in a scientific way, he perhaps also meant it in a magical way: that knowledge of magic, or reality as an "energetically alive being", is a profound sort of knowledge that renders the person aware of it somewhat different from the person who isn't. Yet ALL knowledge is power - scientific knowledge, because it is so painstakingly gotten, is the more profound knowledge of all: it is the sort of knowledge that a logically organized mind cannot help but bow to. It is truth - it is legitimate, objective reality - the same thing that makes you and your motivations and your beliefs what they are.
There are theories that actually propose that not only that the particles do not attain a particular state till the moment of observation but beyond that all history that lead to the occurrence of that result was created in the moment of observation.